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 2017-08-18  When to Attach and When to Let Go?
There was a question from a Zen practitioner in Japan about  the wisdom of letting go and attachment. Is there a balance between them? Brahms expounds on the subject in a talk given in 2015.

 2012-03-16  Gay Marraige? Why Not??
The Australians are being asked to vote on the legalisation of same sex marriages very soon. This talk illustrates the Buddhist attitude  on this subject. 
This talk is about the Buddhist view on gay marriage. Ajahn elaborates how decisions on this topic can be made, by looking at the teachings dating back to the time of the Buddha. Ajahn Brahm ends the talk with a light-hearted joke, “The rabbit, the bear and the magic duck“. Not to be missed!

 2017-08-11- Right Attitude is The Way:  The path revealed by the blessed one is very difficult to walk. But the results of walking that difficult path is worth every breath you take. Rather than complaining about the difficulties take responsibility of your plan of action and being vigilant not to lose your enthusiasm on this process. (A talk given during a Retreat in 2013)

 2017-08-04- How To Get What You Want in Life:  We all want to be happy. Happiness comes with fulfilling our  expectations. The bigger the expectations are our chance of getting happiness reduces. The more expectations we have again happiness flees. A simple life with simple expectations is the recipe for happiness. A talk recorded in Singapore last year 

 2017-07-28- Mindfulness bliss and Beyond: The heart of Buddha’s teaching is meditation.  The one and only topic one should think about talk about and practice is Meditation. Buddhism without meditation is like a body without a head. Brahm talk about the happiness this practice bring, in this talk given in USA during his recent visit.

 2017-07-21- Noble Eight fold Path- for a Happy Life:  Brahms gave this talk at  Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 20, 2017. The doctrine of the blessed one is meant to save you from the eternal agony of rebirth by stopping the cycle of birth and death by enlightenment. The recipe for this is the Noble Eightfold Path. Brahm explains how By following this path you get the additional outcome of being a happy person in day to day life 

 2017-07-07- Living Simply: Ajahn Brahm talks about the reasons why the monks live simply and do simplistic retreats and how hard it is in religious life to keep things simple. Ajahn points out this is similar in our world culture, in that we can’t allow things to be, just simplicity and instead we complicate things. Ajahn talks about how we are afraid of simplicity and how we complicate things because we think it will solve our problems.

 2017-07-04- How to be in the Present Moment:  The remedy for all our woes is the peace of mind. The path to peace and happiness is living in the present moment. This is a talk given last year. 

 2017-06-30- A Day in The Life of a Buddhist monk – Ajahn Brahm shares his experience of being busy and how to react to the stress that comes with it. Ajahn talks about dealing with the stress of life by making peace and being kind and gentle. Ajahn says instead of complaining you learn to let go, enjoy life and be selfless, kind and happy. Brahm talk about the responsibilities, duties, as well as joys and the bliss of a time well spent by being a monk.

 2017-06-17  Fist Talk- – 10th Global Conference on Buddhism Toronto Canada by Ven Brahm. Mindfulness with Wisdom 

2017-06-09 – How to Resolve Conflicts : Brahm talk about the Buddhist techniques in resolving conflicts you face in your day to day life. How you can achieve unexpected results of clarity by kindness and understanding. By not feeding the flames of conflict by cutting off the anger and discontent you create with the conflict situations.
 2017-05-26-  Caring
Ajahn Brahm direct you on the path to selecting the “Correct” action you should take irrespective all types of influences, biases . The supreme doctrine of dhamma set out the steps in the most logical way of doing the correct things in your life.  Brahm continues on the path and explains that the Caring is the important thing and not curing. Caring for yourself, your goodness and caring for those around you  is most important. There is very little chance of curing all the evils and illnesses in the world. But all the time a bit a caring with an open heart will leads to complete or substantial reduction of the evils. (sorry for the delay in uploading this talk as I am in Sri Laka and we are badly hit with floods)

2017-05-19- Relax

Ajahn Brahm continues on the last weeks theme and gives valuwble advice to relax and have a enjoyable life. 

2017-05-12- Have a Stress Free Life

We are living in a world with little or no time to reflect on what we should be doing or thinking.  Everyone act as robots and it has led to the rise of metal disorders and high levels of stress causing unnecessary hardships. Ajahn Brahm explains the causes and renedies to this common problem. 

2017-05-07- Vesak Day Offerings 

The recording of Vesak Celebration talk on May 7th 2017. Why we celebrate the day as a respect to the teacher who rediscovered the secret of existance and the way out of this endless suffering and bondage .

2017-05-05- Ultimate Reality

Why do we have created these concepts of Ultimate, Final, conclusive. In a world that is getting changed continuously there can not be  Final of anything. Brahm shake your belief  to show you that everything is “in progress” band never Ultimate.

Am I Good Enough?
We blame ourselves for the smallest misfortune or the unsettling event that come our way. We feel we are not good enough and always do a bit more to make us better. But there is no end. Each time we raise the bar to jump  we feel it is not enough. Brahm explains the  futility of this concept and the benefit of accepting you as you are.  Dont Judge anybody including yourself.

2017-04-21 –  Chasing Happiness  :
 Brahm is expected to give a talk in Halifax on 19th June. This talk uploaded today was give by Ajahn in Halifax on 21st  October 2014. The benefits of being happy and secrets of being happy every hours of your day. Pay attention and take in to heart.

2017-04-14 –
Meditation Made Easy :  The heart of Buddha’s Teaching is the Meditation. Meditation is the essential practice. This talk given at a meditation retreat overseas Brahm introduces the practice in its simplest form.

2017-04-14 –
Questions Answered After The Talk on Meditation.

2017-04-07 – Blaming Yourself and Others:  Things will not workout the way we want them to be. As Murphy’s Law predicts the general tendency is it never will.  When that happens trying to find a person to put the  blame on is not going to help you. It will rather make the situation worse.

2017-03-31 – Humouristic Buddhism : Brahm talk about the benefits of developing a lighter attitudes in life. As it is the life is a drudgery most of the time. But being too serious about getting out of this burden will make your burden heavier. Brahm advocate on looking at the lighter side of life and living a happier life.


Added on 2017-03-24

 2017-03- 17- Entanglement-  
How deep we are embedded in the world or the social links we created, how much we are tied up and identify with our views and ideas? Is  it for your benefit? How can you be free of these and be happy.
 2017-03- 10- Good Governance and Buddhism:- Ajahn Brahm explains the principles of democracy as entwined in the Buddhist teaching and practice. There are many ideas even today relevant to modern political scenery . .
 2017-03- 03- Expect the Unexpected.
Life is a series of unexpected events. When we expect the life to follow a pre planned path its fine as long as the plan works. But when you find yourself getting lost because something happened which was not expected, you will be shaken to the core. Brahm explains the wisdom of expecting unexpected.
The blessed one discovered that the entire universe and the system where everyone live and every being in this universe is governed by the Mind. Hence it is not incorrect to say Buddhism is the study and Management of Mind. The fist stanza of the Dhammapada says Mind is the fore runner of EVERYTHING. Ajahn Brahm gives his own explanation with his usual wit and wisdom as a response to a question.

 2017-02-10- TRUST.
How important is Trust? How to develop trust? How to reinstate it  if you were given it how to value it? When you lose trust how you suffer and how to reduce the bad effect of such occurrences.

 2017-02-03- Reincarnation.
Back from a teaching tour in Sri Lanka Brahms spend time in giving tremendous advice about how  your life can be more rewarding before being reincarnated.

 2017-02-01-  The Way To Heaven
As Ajahn Brahm was not available during the past several weeks no new talks were added. To fill this vaccum here I add a talk given  few years back in Malaysia . This is a very interesting talk about the After Life experience. Who really create your heaven? Be warned this talk is longer 118 mins.

 2017-01-06- Learning to be at Peace with yourself.
Being able to change your attitude to life is the basic solution to finding Peace. Chasing behind everything illusive disregarding what you already have is foolishly termed as Ambition. Is it really ambition or insanity? Being content with what you have and what you are and realising the great fortune you have will lead you to happiness.

 2016-12-31- An  Years End.
Looking back at the year that ended and welcoming a new year, Ajahn Brahm prods your consciousness to investigate your 2016 and instruct you to do more for yourself and for the fellow beings in 2017. Talk followed by a brief meditation session.

Talks given in the years 2011 to 2016 can be accessed by clicking on the tabs on the top menu. You can access the Official web site of Buddhist Society of Western Australia to order and buy the talks by clicking the icon below. bswa-logo-2014-14

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2010 Retreat

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Talks from the 2010 Retreat at Jhana Grove centre in Perth

01- Be Kind To Yourself Welcome talk on Thursday

02-Meditation Guidance Talk on Friday

03-Question Answered on Friday

04-Meditation from Stillness

05- Question Answered on Saturday

06- Five Hindrances Sunday Talk

07- Questions Answered on Sunday

08- Seven Factors of Enlightenment Monday Talk

09- Questions Answered on Monday

10-How To Let Go

11-Questions Answered on Tuesday

12- Focusing Happens Naturally

13-Questions Answered on Wednesday

14-Insight Through Stillness

15-Questions Answered on Thursday

16-Overcoming Delusion

17-Friday Q & A

18-How To Get Enlightened

19-Metta and Final Blessing

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2011 Retreat Talks

(1) 2011-04-21 Introduction to Stillness
The 2011 Easter Retreat commenced on 21st April at the Jana Grove Center. The First Talk from The Retreat is an introduction to the practice where you develop stillness as the foundation.
The cause of suffering is craving in our lives. Even in meditation we are not getting results due to our craving for stages that we have heard of.

 (3) 22011-04-22 Question Answere Session after the Talk on Craving.

 (4) 2011-04-23- Vanishing : Ven Brahm explains the way to live away from your bonds, your past and future to the beautiful solitude in the retreat and go deeper in to oneself.
(5) 2011-04-23 Q and A Session after the Talk Vanishing : Brahm answeres questions of the meditators on Saturday

 (11) 2011-04-26 Questions Answere session on Tuesday

(12) 2011-04-27 Insights

(13) 2011-04-27 Questions Answered on Wednesday  

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2009 Retreat Talks

Nine day  Meditation Retreat. These MP3 files are in a higher bit rate suitable for burning to a CD and creating a Stand Alone Retreat Talks Disc, and hopefully may come in handy in the future.

 1-Retreat Talk 1 : Introduction to the Retreat:-  basic instructions, rules, Tips and Tricks to attain a tranquil mind   

 2-Retreat Talk 2 : On the First Friday Ajahn shares his experience and guide you to the deep state of bodyless mind and the happiness and joy of freedom enjoyable at the present moment, to teach you to relax and get a taste of this bliss of freedom.

3-Questions Answered after the Talk 2:

4-Retreat Talk 3:  The effort that should go on to developing mindfulness in order to achieve the desired goal is the topic expounded by venerable Ajahn on this saturday.

5-Q and A on Saturday :  Questions Answered in the Saturday evening session  on the issues encountered during meditation.

6- Talk on Sunday:  Solving the difficultirs and problems in the Meditation Practice. When the Traveller do not see the Path only the journey bears fruit. The Knower and Doer.

7-Questions Answered on Sunday

8-Talk on Fourth Morning : The fruits of a good meditation session

  09- QA Session after Monday Talk  

10- Tuesday Morning Talk : How the development of Mindfulness can be achieved; space between observer and observed

11-Questions Answered on Tuesday Evening

12 -Wednesday Talk – To be in the Present Moment what you must do not do

 13 Questions and Answers on Wednesday 

14 Talk on Thursday :  Experiences in the deeper meditative practice with the simile of the thousand petal lotus. 

15 Questions and Answer session on Thursday

16. Friday Talk : The part of wisdom that plays in the process of achieving enlightenment. A gentle prodding by Venerable Brahm on your intelect to bring your attention on to the path.

17 – Last Formal Talk on the Saturday at the end of the 9 day retreat: Review of the benefits gained and the transformation of the minds after the nine days of vigilant practice.
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